Discovering and living your dharma

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Imagine a life where every step is purpose-driven, bringing inner fulfilment and harmony. To make this a reality, you must take the path of discovering and living your dharma.

Dharma is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘right direction’, ‘rightful duty’, or ‘righteous living’. However, it signifies more than words can convey. Recognising your existence is driven by a specific purpose creates a profound connection to a greater purpose beyond oneself – this is your dharma.

At the Yoga For Good Foundation, we know that understanding and living in alignment with your true self and purpose is a lifelong journey. These are the simple steps to begin your transformative path right now.

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Make time to listen

Amidst the cacophony of voices clamouring for our attention – from the incessant chatter of our minds to the persistent influences of culture and expectations – discerning the voice of your higher self can be difficult. That’s why you must take time to actively listen and learn.

Whether it’s the moments of quiet introspection that follow a yoga session or the reflective pauses during journaling, allocate time for deep listening. Cultivating this art is a skill that requires practice and dedication, much like any other skill you acquire over time.

Make space for moments of solitude to create an ideal listening environment. There are so many profound insights awaiting discovery in the stillness of silence.

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Follow what lights you up

If it brings you joy, keep doing it! Finding your purpose may take time. If your current activities make you feel alive and engaged, you’ve probably found it. If not, seek what ignites your soul.

To truly embrace and live your dharma, it’s essential to cultivate a deep sense of presence in your daily activities. Being fully engaged in the moment allows you to connect with your purpose on a profound level, infusing meaning and fulfilment into your everyday life.

If you’re in search of your life’s purpose, there are often subtle clues awaiting recognition. Ask yourself if your current pursuits make you feel alive and awake. Reflect on whether you serve others or possess unique talents. Have you ever been so engrossed in an activity that time slips away? Your answers will reveal more than you realise.

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Follow signs from the universe

Paying attention to the signs from the universe can be one of the most powerful tools in discovering your dharma. Synchronicity, a concept introduced by Carl Jung, involves events that seem tellingly related despite lacking a discernible causal connection.

Synchronicities are cosmic signals that operate beyond scientific or rational explanation. They often defy logic but serve as the universe’s way of communicating with us in various forms, from encounters with specific people to repetitive or coincidental events.

By training yourself to recognise and decipher these signs through heightened awareness, synchronicities can guide you to your true path and living your dharma.

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Be ready to let go

The concept of ‘Isvara Pranidhan’, the last of the niyamas in yoga, encourages us to surrender our will to the divine. This sutra represents the ‘easiest’ path to peace and self-realisation, requiring no added effort or suffering on our part. It invites us to simply let go.

Our lives are typically full of clutter that can hinder our ability to receive the things, people and events aligned with our true path. Letting go of the unnecessary elements creates space for what truly matters and what will contribute to our personal growth.

Each day, try to consciously let go of something unessential, whether it’s a physical possession, an outdated belief, a toxic relationship or a counterproductive habit. Open your life to receive more.

Connect with your true self through the transformative power of yoga

If this all sounds like a lot, it might be time to take a mindful break from the noise. Consider going for a walk on the beach or a hike in the mountains, any solitary retreat that brings you peace.

Whatever you choose, take in the moment.

Connect with your true self on a regular basis by attending our free community classes.

For additional insights on uncovering and living your dharma, as well as numerous other valuable lessons derived from yoga, explore our Yoga For Good Foundation articles.

Community yoga classes

We are passionate about sharing the joy of practising yoga and offering you an opportunity to connect with your true self on a regular basis.
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22nd March 2024 12:30pm (AEDT)

Hatha Community Class with Ahimsa Helen Cushing

Ahimsadhara is an expert teacher and author in yoga for trauma survivors. After teaching War Veterans for many years, she is now focusing on international programs and further writing. In this class, she uses asanas to help with healthy breathing and as a preparation for pranayama and yoga nidra.

Free
22nd April 2024 12:30PM (AEST)

Dru Yoga Community Class with Angela Baker

Angela is an experienced Yogi and Dru Teacher Trainer, environmental campaigner, peace educator, and avid traveller, always seeking the best methods to promote health through Dru Yoga’s practices. Join Angela on the mat for a simple journey through energy block release, alignment with sequence, asana and mudra to leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and welcoming change.

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